Eredivisie: Ajax lash Heerenveen 4-1 to close gap on leaders PSV

Now 19-years-old, Martin Odegaard is still waiting to truly burst onto the scene in the same vein as fellow wonderkids Marcus Rashford, Marcos Asensio or Patrick Cutrone.

The Norweigan was signed by Real Madrid as a 15-year-old for around €4 million and, much like Freddy Adu before him, he was seen as something of a sensation by the media.

Lots of people, including Zinedine Zidane, reportedly, thought the move was nothing more than a publicity stunt and given Odegaards accomplishments since the move – or lack thereof – its easy to see why.

Also on Sunday Feyenoord beat AZ 2-1 in a rehearsal for the Dutch Cup final to be played on April 22. Jean-Paul Boetius and Nicolai Jorgensen scored for the home team and Wout Weghorst made AZs consolation goal in the final minute.

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The winger did pre-season with Real Madrid before Zidane encouraged him to go looking for more meaningful game time elsewhere.

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“Odegaard is at Madrid, has been doing preseason with us and I am satisfied with him,” Zidane said at a news conference back in August. “But the idea we have for him is that he gets playing time and it is very difficult to get playing time at Madrid because we have a lot of players. That is my advice to him.

THE HAGUE, March 11 (Xinhua) — Ajax narrowed the gap with Dutch league leaders PSV after a 4-1 win against sc Heerenveen on Sunday.

“We will make a decision that is best for him. Anything can happen until the end of the month.”

With seven match rounds remaining PSV now lead the Eredivisie table with 68 points, 7 points ahead of Ajax and 12 ahead of AZ.

Odegaard would go on loan to Hereveen in the Dutch league He has only managed two goals and one assist in the Eredivisie this season, but the goal he scored to equalise against Ajax on Sunday was something special.

The 5-0 defeat against Willem II was PSVs biggest loss in the Eredivisie since November 22, 1964 (Ajax-PSV, 5-0).

As you can see from the clip below, Odegaard picks the ball up some 30-35 yards from goal and proceeds to whip the ball across his body and into the far corner. Delightful technique.

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Theres no doubt 10-time Norway international has plenty of quality, but finding his strength has been a long-running issue.

Could he really get into Reals team? With Gareth Bale, Isco, Marcos Asensio, Lucas Vasquez and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo playing ahead of him, theres a long, long road to the starting XI for Odegaard.

However, if he can produce more moments like this on a consistent basis, hell be a man in demand sooner or later.

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